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CNI Podcast: David Greenbaum on Building Research Environments for the Digital Humanities

In September 2010, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a $1.3 million grant to an international partnership of 10 universities to carry out the first 18-month build phase of a proposed multi-phase Bamboo Technology Project (BTP).

In Bamboo Technology Project 2012, participants will build and design e-research environments for humanities scholars. In the first 18-month phase of work, Bamboo will deliver three things. First, they will create easy-to-use, scalable environments for digital scholarship that can be run by institutions to support many arts and humanities scholars. These virtual research environments will include core tools for content management, collaboration, and the connection to distributed collections and web services. Second, they will define design options for how e-research environments can evolve to support increasingly complex and large-scale forms of corpora scholarship across disciplines. This design process will inform the proposed, second 18-month phase of build work. Third, they will develop frameworks and shared services – underlying infrastructure – that higher education institutions can use collectively to sustain and connect e-research environments and collections.

In this interview, Project Bamboo Executive Director David Greenbaum will provide an overview of the four major areas of work that teams of scholars, technologists, and librarians from the ten partner institutions are carrying out in BTP ’12. These areas of work are: (1) the development of Scholarly Work Spaces, (2) the design of future Corpora Space environments, (3) the modeling of scholarly analytic functions as web services, and (4) the adoption and definition of Collections Interoperability standards and services.

This interview is provided courtesy of CNI and was recorded at their 2010 Fall Membership Meeting.  The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.  You can learn more about CNI at their web site,


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Running time: 18m 47s
File size: 7.53 MB

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